Friday, November 2, 2012

MGHfC patients treated to ‘spooktacular’ events


Princesses, punk rockers, skeletons and ghouls paraded through the halls of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) during a month-long celebration of “spooktacular” Halloween events.

The Center for Dietary Therapy of Epilepsy kicked off the celebration with its 11th annual Halloween party
Oct. 14 at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Halloween can be difficult for the center’s patients, whose treatments include the ketogenic or low glycemic index diets, which focus on high-fat, low-carb and sugar-restricted foods. Volunteers from Spirit Halloween Superstores turned the Ellison 18 playroom into a festive wonderland Oct. 16. “The Spirit of Children” event featured mask and pumpkin painting, free costumes and accessories, magic tricks and Halloween-themed games.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Brad Fisk, of Middlefield, while watching daughters Ashley, 6, and Amy, 5, play a ring toss game. “It gives them something to look forward to after kind of a rough visit. When we leave they won’t remember why we were here because of this event.”


SWEET TREATS: Araceli Ibaniez Gomez, 5, top photo, and Ashley, bottom photo, and enjoy the festivities.


The Pediatric Endocrine Program and Diabetes Center hosted its annual Halloween party Oct. 27, which included games, crafts and a visit from former New England Patriot Jermaine Wiggins. On Halloween day MGHfC patients from the pediatric inpatient units collected treats from costumed employees in the morning, while patients from the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and the Department of Radiation Oncology spent the afternoon visiting clinics in the Yawkey Center. 

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